French: Cigogne blanche German: Weißstorch Spanish: Cigüeña blanca
Other common names:
European White Stork
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. ciconia
(Linnaeus, 1758) – N Africa, Europe, W Asia and S Africa; winters mostly in tropical Africa and S Africa.
C. c. asiatica
Severtsov, 1873 – Turkestan; winters mainly in India.
100–102 cm; 2·275–4·4 kg; wingspan 155–165 cm. Large, mostly white stork with black flight-feathers and conical red bill. Males average... read more
Silent away from the nest, practically mute. At nest, can utter a weak hiss. Adults often perform... read more
A species of open country, frequenting a diversity of humid and dry habitats. Perhaps more closely... read more
Food and feeding
Diet is very varied but entirely animal. Essentially opportunistic, taking whatever large invertebrates and small vertebrates are available... read more
Season begins Feb–Apr in Palearctic, although overwintering birds or early migrants may visit their nests from Dec onwards. In Spain... read more
Principally migratory. Migrants travel in flocks that may number 100s or even 1000s. Passage is... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Increasing, after period of marked decline. Bulk of population inhabits Europe, including Turkey and W Russia, which holds > 75%.... read more
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